They just lie

The Bush administration lies even when there's no benefit to them and no reason for it. They tell silly, stupid little lies that are easily proven to be such. This one isn't important as lies go. No one died as a result. No one was even injured as a result of it. But it's silly.

I'm talking, of course, of the reason President Bush took a tumble on his mountain bike in Crawford last week. Now anyone who's been on a bicycle knows that sometimes, shit just happens and you go tumbling ass over appetite with a little road rash to show for it. Your friends give you shit for a while and laugh at you, and as long as there's no broken bones, everything is cool.

So this happened to Bush. What's the response? According to White House spokesman Trent Duffy, "It's been raining a lot and the topsoil is loose. You know this president. He likes to go all-out. Suffice it to say he wasn't whistling show tunes." That's our badass president, I guess.

But Kos did some checking on the precipitation levels in Crawford Texas for the last couple of weeks, and guess what? It had rained heavily on the 13th--9 days before President Bush's bike trip. It rained lightly on the 14th, and not since then.

So another lie, and one of no consequence. But why? Has this administration just gotten so unable to tell the truth that it has literally turned into Big Brother? Should we just immediately assume that for these guys, up is indeed down? (We've already done the war is peace one.)

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